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John Saturnall's Feast (Hardback)
  • John Saturnall's Feast (Hardback)

John Saturnall's Feast (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 13/09/2012
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From the bestselling author of Lempriere's Dictionary, Lawrence Norfolk is back with an astounding novel of seventeeth-century life, love and war; the story of an orphan who becomes the greatest cook of his age. The village of Buckland, 1625. A boy and his mother run for their lives. Behind them a mob chants of witchcraft. Taking refuge among the trees of Buccla's Wood, the mother opens her book and tells her son of an ancient Feast kept in secret down the generations. But as exquisite dishes rise from the page, the ground beneath them freezes. That winter, the boy's mother dies. Taken to Buckland Manor, John is put to work in the house's vast subterranean kitchens where his talent raises him from the scullery to the great house above. A complex dish served to King Charles brings him before Lady Lucretia Fremantle, the headstrong daughter of the house. He must tempt her from her fast. But both encounters will imperil him. As the Civil War begins and the New Order's fanatical soldiers march, John and Lucretia are thrown together into a passionate struggle for survival. To keep all he holds most dear, John must realise his mother's vision. He must serve the Saturnall Feast.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408805961

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“A wonderfully atmospheric novel”

This is the first of Lawrence Norfolk's books I've read, but it certainly won't be the last! Set in Stuart England, it follows John's life from persecuted village outsider to celebrated cook... More

2nd February 2013
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“Original, intricate, and delicious.”

An extraordinary novel which charts the life of John Saturnall, the misfit son of a woman accused of witchcraft, this book goes beyond the usual bounds of historical fiction and creates something verging on the... More

13th November 2012
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“A feast for the mind”

I loved this so much I'm finding it hard to describe, so I'm going to keep it short.

It was gripping right from the beginning - I knew exactly how he felt as a small boy running away from the people from... More

14th September 2012
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